Pros Classic mobile phone design, good reception, bright screen, small - but responsive keyboard, okay mp3 player and very good camera
Cons No widget available, no 3.5mm headphone jack, nearly no accessories available, the screen is too small for web browsing, and the mp3 player is just too basic and lacks any meaningful tone controls.
Summary Since I own both the Memoir and the iPhone 3g, their is no reasonable comparison between the two because they are two different types of phones. The iPhone is a smart phone/gadget phone and the Memoir is a basic camera phone with some VERY basic smart phone features.
For what the Memoir is, a camera phone, it is well executed and sits atop the camera phone hierarchy. If you're looking for a Blackberry or iPhone type phone, this is not a reasonable alternative.
Nevertheless, based on the Memoir's performance as a camera phone, I would highly recommend it.
Pros 8mp Camera (why I bought it)
Cons GPS can be slow loading
Stuck with TMobile's email "pull"
Touchscreen on the widget bar can be difficult to scroll
Widget bar and Apps are limited to the what's on the phone
No separate headset and charging slot.
Summary I have had this phone 3 days and I am very pleased. I bought this phone for the camera as I had a Sony Ericsson P1i, that phone had a 3.2mp camera that wasn't very good. I conducted a photo test with my Kodak 8.1mp digital camera and the Memoir, I was pleasantly surprised the camera on the Memoir turned out to have just a tad better quality. I know that earlier some blurry photos surfaced before this phone was released but I haven't had any blurry photos. The camera is packed with features which is very nice but the most important and yet perhaps most anal feature I was looking for, which the Memoir has, was a protective shutter to cover the lens.
The widget bar is a handy tool but even more handy is being able to drag an app to the desktop (e.g. music player) to control it on the desktop. Scrolling up and down on the widget bar with your finger can get iffy as it can often open up an application when you're not intending to. The web browser is okay (html browser) but not my favorite. You can turn the device widescreen for more web space and the touchscreen is effective. You are limited to TMobiles email pull for gmail or any other web base email. It's annoying as it takes time to load and once that's loaded it's more loading for each email. The media player is great for video and music, I loaded a feature film mp4 I have for my iPod that's a .5gb and it played with no problem.
I do wish the phone had a separate headset and charging slot. If you use the supplied earbuds in a car or at home you won't be able to charge the phone at the same time. Battery life is adequate but using the camera extensively will drain it. Also nice, the phone has sensors so the screen automatically turns off when you hold the phone close to your head. Overall I am very pleased all the other standard phone features a phone requires can be found and work excellent. In the end I do hope Samsung does have an software update to open the phone up for more applications (google maps, etc).
"Amazing phone"on by blaird22
Pros I bought this phone right when it came out. I did a lot of research on the phone, and was really excited. I was not disappointed, even with very high expectations. There are some really good features, and the camera is amazing.
Cons The GPS doesn't work very well. The phone has rebooted on me a couple times. There is no App store
Summary This is a great phone, though it is pricey. It is feature rich, with a very usable virtual keyboard. It is nice that you can tilt it upright and the keyboard becomes a standard t9 keypad. I had very high expectations for this phone after doing weeks of research and waiting for it to come out. It is everything I expected. The pictures it takes are simply unreal coming from a phone.
Pros 8 Megapixel Camera and all of the options that go along with taking pics.
Ease of use
Cons I wish the screen was a little larger
GPS is slow to load
I wish you could customize the widgets more
Summary Cconsidering you are getting a phone and camera in one package, the price isn't horrible.
I was a little worried about texting on a touch screen (I have heard mixed reviews about accuracy on most phones), but after test driving this phone, I found that it is very accurate.
I love that I don't have to remember my camera when going somewhere, the pictures I take on the phone are just as good as a picture I would take from my camera.
Using the web browser is very fast on T-mobile's 3G network.
I haven't had much luck getting the GPS to work.
I wish there were more options when it comes to the widgets.
Overall, a great phone/camera. I would definetly recomend this phone to a friend.
Pros Camera, GPS, Web, Speaker, Calls
Cons No Wifi, T-Mobile has this thing locked down. Battery
Summary I have had this phone since it was released back in Feb. It is a very good phone for what it is. What it is not is a smart phone. The camera works very well outside, but inside pictures take time to get looking good. The good news is the camera has all the settings you would find on a standalone point and shoot so you can find the correct combo of settings to get good looking pictures indoors as well.
The web browser is improved over the Behold and no hack is necessary. If the onboard browser is giving you trouble on a certain site OperaMini is available for the Memoir so you can give that a try.
The GPS on this phone works great. For me it takes less than a minute normally to have it up and running after launching the app.
Phone calls are quite good on this phone and the speaker is more than loud enough for most situations. Other apps such as the music player, voice recognition, calc ect. work well and make this a well rounded phone.
I have no problem with the Touch Wiz interface. It is easy to navigate and typing on the full keyboard is not a problem. The only problem is that you will have some inadvertent button pushes while navigating on some screens.
T-mobile does have this phone locked down and there are very few apps that work on this phone.
You can go to www.Samsung-Memoir.com and you can learn how to load some apps such as Google Maps, MGMaps, OperaMini, several free games, and hundreds of movies.